Don Rush

Assoc. Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs

Don Rush is the News Director at Public Radio Delmarva (WSCL/WSDL) in Salisbury, Maryland on the campus of Salisbury University. He has spent the last 35 years in broadcast journalism specializing in national politics. Before coming to Salisbury he spent 12 years in Washington DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau. During the 1980’s he was News Director at KFPK in his home town of Los Angeles. He also worked for the Los Angeles based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW. Locally, he has become an award winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

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The Dogfish Head sponsored beer festival known as Analog-A-Go-Go is moving to Bellevue State Park in Wilmington.

The brewpub has been holding the annual festival at the company’s Milton brewery and Rehoboth Beach brewpub.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Dogfish said it decided to move the festival because it is a Delaware brewery not just for Sussex County.

There will a six-act lineup for the festival that includes rock, rap and jazz.

Among the acts is Preservation Hall Jazz band as well as pop/rock Ra Ra Riot.

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Authorities have charged a 32-year old Shawn Hournbuckle with second murder among other charges in the death of a Pittsville man.

Police say that 45 year old Jeremy Nolin was found dead with a stab wound in his chest.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Wicomico law enforcement says that Hournbuckle said she and Nolin had fought the night before

She said during the fight he was stabbed in the chest.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans will pick 16 delegates this weekend to send to the national convention, delegates that could help decide the Republican presidential nominee if there's contested convention.

The Republican Party of Virginia is set to kick off a two-day convention Friday at James Madison University in Harrisonburg.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump has declared himself the "presumptive nominee," but U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is hoping to push the race to a contested convention.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Authorities say the "bomb" a man claimed to be wearing when he walked into a television station wearing an animal costume was in reality a red flotation device stuffed with chocolate candy bars wrapped in aluminum foil.

Baltimore Police Department spokesman T.J. Smith said a police sniper shot the man Thursday after he refused to put his hands up. Smith said that after a robot removed the suspicious garment, the man was taken to a local hospital, where he was in serious but stable condition.

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Harrington wants to have its downtown designated as a Development District.

Governor Jack Markell says he will grant the application for such a designation which will bring grants and rebates to entice more businesses to the downtown area.

WBOC reports that the incentive package will include tax breaks for the first year of homeownership as well as fee waivers for new businesses.

The television station reports that Harrington has finished the application but has yet to send it in.

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Dover Downs is losing money despite bringing in a bit more revenue for the first quarter of the year than in 2015.

Dover Downs Hotel and Casino said it experienced a loss of 239-thousand.

That’s better than the $352-thousand loss a year ago.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the company said it does not expect there to be any immediate layoffs.

But it reports that the CEO Denis McGlynn said that future layoff could be in offing if the state legislature does not act to help out.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia registrars are facing the challenge of verifying applications from convicted felons registering to vote after Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently restored their voting and other civil rights.

Media outlets report registrars say they've been unable to verify restoration of a felon's voting rights either on the Virginia Election Registration Information System or an online site operated by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Supreme Court will consider whether current and former state senators need to provide records related to a redistricting lawsuit.

Redistricting advocates have sought lawmakers' communications with outside consultants related to the 2011 redistricting. The lawmakers have refused and a lower court judge has ruled the lawmakers are in contempt.

The Daily Press reports the high court's decision to take the case was announced Wednesday. The decision means the issue will skip the Virginia Court of Appeals.

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The family of Amy Joyner-Francis who was killed in a rest at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington issued a statement calling for people to stop making false statements on social media.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the family was speaking out for the first time through the police department.

The family said that they were seeing many “sick people” who want to make money or gain social fame from their loss.

The statement was signed by her brother Anthony.

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There’s a large building that stands at the corner of Route 13 and West College Avenue which houses the education programs at Salisbury University.

This week it was dedicated to the man who for years represented the area…in the Maryland House of Delegates.

University President Janet Dudley Eshbach was there to formally make the announcement changing its name to the Conway Hall

Conway was a major player in Annapolis and chaired the Appropriations Committee generating millions of dollars for the educational institutions on the Eastern Shore.

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Two post-World War II bombs were uncovered during construction on a runway at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they were still intact.

Dover Air Force Base sent an ordnance disposal team who exploded the bombs last night.

Keith Kohler, a spokesman for the flight facility, said that the north end of the runway had been used by the Navy during the 1940’s and early 1950’s.

The paper reports that the new runway will be used for unmanned aerial vehicles. 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A killer whose sentencing led to changes in Delaware's death penalty law is asking the Board of Pardons to commute his prison sentence.

Kenneth L. Rodgers is one of four men convicted of robbing and murdering two armored car guards in 1990. The defendants all received life sentences after jurors could not unanimously agree on the death penalty.

The killings so outraged the public that legislators held a special session to change the law, giving judges the final say on imposing the death penalty after considering a jury's recommendation.

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CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Insurance Administration wants to hear your views on long-term care insurance.

The agency is holding a public hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville.

Commissioner Al Redmer says the agency wants to hear about the state of long-term care insurance and appropriate regulatory guidelines. He says he's particularly interested in issues surrounding premium rate increases and policyholder protection.

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The Indian River School District has put its financial officer on paid administrative leave.

The district will not say why.

Patrick Miller has been the CFO for the district since 1998.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that while Miller is on leave the district will be getting some help from another local school district.

While the decision was made by the superintendent and the school board, the paper says, that the board has not conducted any vote on Miller’s status.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland elections board officials say voter turnout for this week's presidential primary has hit a new high in recent decades.

Nikki Charlson, deputy administrator of the state elections board, said Wednesday about 1.6 million people cast ballots during early voting and on Election Day. That's about 46 percent of registered voters.

Since 1980, the previous high for voter turnout in Maryland for a presidential primary was in 2008, when 43 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland State Board of Education says it plans to gradually increase the standardized test scores that students must achieve to earn a high school diploma starting next school year.

The agency said Wednesday it will publish the proposed rule soon in the Maryland Register, followed by a 30-day public-comment period.

The class of 2017 will be the first affected. Under the proposal, they would have to get a combined score of 1,450 on 10th-grade English and Algebra I exams from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Nearly 400,000 Virginia elementary and middle school students will take shorter Standards of Learning math tests this spring.

The state is expanding the use of computer-adaptive testing, which it says means shorter exams for students.

The Virginia Department of Education says the computer-adaptive version of the test third graders will take this year has just 32 items. Last year, the exam third graders took had 50 items.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Police say an officer shot and wounded a 13-year-old who refused to drop a BB gun that was a replica of a semiautomatic pistol.

Commissioner Kevin Davis said at a news conference Wednesday near the scene in West Baltimore that the teen will survive.

Davis says two detectives were driving when they saw the teen carrying what appeared to be a gun. The commissioner says the officers identified themselves and the teenager took off running.

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The voting is over and the presidential front runners came out the winners last night.

Donald Trump swept the primary states while Clinton won four including Maryland and Delaware.

In Maryland Clinton overwhelmed Senator Bernie Sanders 63 percent to 33 percent while Trump trounced his rivals picking up 54 percent of the vote.

In Delaware Clinton beat Sanders by 60 percent to 39 percent while Trump won 61 percent of the vote.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court could place new limits on the reach of federal bribery laws used to prosecute elected officials as it takes up the public corruption case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

The justices on Wednesday will consider whether to overturn McDonnell's conviction for accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement.

The court is expected to clarify what distinguishes bribery from routine actions that politicians perform as a courtesy to constituents.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Voter turnout in Maryland is expected to be heavier than normal, because the nominations for president haven't yet been determined.

Adding to voter interest, a high-profile U.S. Senate race is being decided Tuesday. There are also two strongly contested U.S. House primaries.

In the Senate race, Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards have been battling in a contentious Democratic primary, as Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires at the end of her term.Both candidates represent

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Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings says that he expects charges to be filed against those responsible for the death of 16 year old Amy Joyner-Francis in a restroom at Howard High School of Technology.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Cummings said he expected the case to be closed by the end of the week.

Cummings statements before around 100 people who gathered at town hall meeting last night at Stubbs Elementary School was the first time the chief had spoken out publicly on her death.

Police are reviewing a fight that took place inside the restroom.

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Salisbury University officials say it was African American students who were involved in a recent racist drawing on the campus.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the university confirmed the students were black but did not release their names citing federal law.

The image was discovered in the Blackwell Library on April 10th of a stick figure being hung accompanied by a racial slur.

It also had "#whitepower" underneath.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments on the constitutionality of the state's death penalty.
The court has asked the attorney general's office and state public defender's office to prepare for arguments June 15.

The court agreed in January to answer questions from Delaware's Superior Court to determine whether the state's death penalty law meets constitutional muster. Meanwhile, all death penalty trials in Delaware are on hold.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal agency has denied Delaware's request to reduce the cost of building a power line connecting the Artificial Island nuclear complex to the state.
 
The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent decision means that Delaware residential and commercial electricity customers will bear the cost of the $272 million project, even though Delaware officials say the power line will mostly benefit New Jersey's ratepayers.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia has set up a new revolving loan fund designed to help property owners prepare for rising sea levels.

But the Virginian-Pilot reports that the fund has no funds and may not have any money for several years.

Still, Virginia Shoreline Resiliency Fund supporters say the program puts Virginia at the forefront of preparing for ways to help homeowners and businesses with rising sea levels.

The General Assembly approved the fund earlier this year and Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed the legislation into law.

Trump Comes to Delaware

Apr 22, 2016
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Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump will be making another appearance on Delmarva.

This times it will be at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.

The event starts at 4 p.m. at the Quillen Arena.

Doors opened at noon.

Earlier this week around 29-hundred packed into the Stephen Decatur High School gym in Berlin to see Trump.

There were 18-thousand tickets issued for that event.

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In the golden years there is a tendency to stop moving, rest on one's laurels so-to-speak. However, Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill writes that's just the time to get moving.

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How was former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman chosen to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill? Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Clara Small History Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University and explored the significance of the choice.

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Governor Larry Hogan stopped by Salisbury yesterday announced an ambitious make over for some 11 bridges along the bypass.

The project is expected is expected to cost $23.8 million with construction to begin in the fall during the winter months.

The Governor noted that these bridges were some 40 years old and not designed to take the kind of traffic and vehicles that now travel up and down the peninsula.

He added, that oftentimes trucks are rerouted through Salisbury to Delaware because they are not allowed to travel on the bypass.

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